Franz Josef Glacier Trail

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Franz Josef Glacier Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whataroa, West Coast, New Zealand that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 505 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Be careful as you hike along this glacier, it is beautiful but alive and moving. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/westland-tai-poutini-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/franz-josef-glacier-ka-roimata-o-hine-hukarere-walk/

hiking
closed
flooded
washed out
11 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
16 days ago

18 days ago

fantastic mini hike. wear good shoes to get over the riverbed, otherwise suitable for all skill levels.

backpacking
22 days ago

leider ist aufgrund des Klimawandels der Gletscher über die Jahre immer weiter zurück gegangen, sodass man ihn nur koch aus der Gerne beobachten kann.

hiking
23 days ago

Belle randonnée. Nous avons eu de la pluie intense tout le trajet, les nuages et la brume nous ont empêché de voir le glacier. Cependant, beaucoup de cascades à voir. Le bout du chemin a été bloqué par un éboulement de terrain.

hiking
29 days ago

Walk in the park to two glacier viewpoints. Trail wide and well kept, all the way to the last viewpoint. Strollers, weelchairs or flip flops can get to the first viewpoint. after that, I'ld wear some footwear as the track is a bit rocky.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail earlier this year. It is a popular trail and pretty easy to do. As mentioned in other reviews, you don't get all the way up to the glacier because it has receded (there are informative signs along the trail about how the glacier has changed).

1 month ago

Beautiful walk in the morning as the sun just rises above the mountain ridge.

Good track. Pretty cool to cross the river via big rocks. Good view of glacier.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Easy, very popular trail. We were a bit disappointed that we couldn’t get closer than 1000 meters from the glacier. Beautiful valley, but next time we’ll take the trail across the valley for better views and less people

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, fun and relatively easy for all ages (our group age range was 7-74). Went at noon, was cloudy/drizzly and the glacier was covered with clouds on/off. We were lucky to get a few minutes of good visibility when we got closer to the glacier, but it’s unpredictable. Children had lots of fun running safely in the valley, over the rocky portion of the trail (otherwise you need to watch little ones on the walk down to the valley and up at the edge near the glacier view). Lots of waterfalls and lovely natural scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, easy, great views. Waterfalls surround you on the hike up and the air is fresh and clean. Lovely walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Heli-hike on top of Franz Joseph glacier. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

hiking
flooded
washed out
2 months ago

running
3 months ago

Awesome trail to the melting and famous Franz Josef Glacier. If trail running (or just in general) be careful on the second half up to the glacier as it is rocky and uneven with a few river crossings. Gorgeous 3+ mile run with hills and obstacles. Obviously very popular so better in the morning or off season. I went in the rain and had a blast! Global warming is alarming here, and the most evident ive ever seen with my own eyes. This is point source to its finest. Sad, and yet so true.

hiking
3 months ago

a bit crowded. recommend going early in the morning. very nice walk if you don’t mind the constant buzz of helicopters. makes you sad about climate change though

hiking
4 months ago

Clean and easy to follow. The trail is past raging River and up to the glacier. Second to none. Enjoy before it is to late

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike and very well maintained trail. Don’t forget to pack your rain gear!

hiking
5 months ago

Petite randonnée facile, sous un beau soleil pour la part. De belles cascades à voir! Malheureusement, le glacier paraît loin puisqu’il fond d’année en année...

hiking
8 months ago

OPEN!! Road repairs on going but open, great walk and got closer then expected to glacier

10 months ago

Great view of glacier. Was there before bridge washout.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Is a really nice walk to the glacier point lookout l dis it in February now is close due the road is broken.

hiking
11 months ago

Trail was closed! We didn’t see it

hiking
11 months ago

Nice easy walk up to the glacier. In February you can about 450m from the glacier when the weather is good. Was rather busy trail but did not spoil from the view.

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